Trinity's teens started their summer with service, supporting Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley. Instead of spending their first free Saturday of the summer sleeping in, these teenagers rose early on June 17 to don hardhats, masks, protective eyewear and gloves to begin interior demolition work on a rowhouse in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Under the capable supervision of Habitat for Humanity site manager Stephen Hughes, our Trinity teens knocked down walls to the studs, the first phase of restoring this 1870s building from multiple small apartments to its original purpose as a single family home. It was hard and dirty work in steamy summer conditions. It was also a memorable lesson in the enduring strength of old plaster walls, reinforced with horsehair applied over lathing. But while tearing down old walls was exhausting, our youth appreciated the opportunity to serve as part of Habitat's effort to provide safe and modern housing for hard working low-income families.
To balance all their hard work, our Trinity's teens had the chance to kick back and relax with some fun and fellowship at the wonderful Allentown KOA campground. They also enjoyed a side trip to Cabela's (the world's foremost outfitter!) to experience their fascinating wildlife displays. Our youth and their chaperones wrapped up their weekend trip to the Lehigh Valley area by sharing Sunday morning services at the picturesque Weisenberg Lutheran Church, where they received a warm welcome from youth leaders and church members.